The Philadelphia Center

Program in Brief
This fall or spring semester program offers students in any major the chance to complete an internship in a city while earning academic credits. The Philadelphia Center provides opportunities for professional exploration, intellectual development, and personal growth in the heart of America's fifth largest city. Their accredited program features field placements, academic courses, and independent living.

There is a mandatory set of pre-departure orientations at LVC for all students planning to participate in the program. Students also attend an on-site orientation in Philadelphia.

Housing and Meals
A major objective of The Philadelphia Center is for students to develop self-reliance and independent living skills. These include finding a house or an apartment to live in for the semester with the assistance of the Center. Meals are the student's responsibility.

While the students spend four days a week on the job, the program is an academic internship. They believe that education results from experience examined. Their courses allow students to reflect on what they are learning as they work and live in Philadelphia. The format is open dialogue and debate. In every course, students share individual experiences and perspectives that broaden the horizons of the class as a whole.

City Seminars
The seminars currently available are:  Inside Out; Conversations on Constructions of Race, Identity, Privilege and Power; Power and Authority; and Education and Difference at Work.

Elective Courses
Elective courses meet one evening a week. They are taught by practicing area professionals who are members of the Philadelphia Center adjunct faculty. Elective courses include: Social Justice; Principles of Marketing Management; Exploring Relationships in Fiction & Film; Theory and Issues in Urban Economics; Abnormal Psychology, and Principles of Finance.


  • LVC tuition and fees

Travel, room, board, and personal expenses are NOT included in these fees. Fees subject to change.

Presidential Award and Vickroy Scholarships will be limited to a maximum of 33 % of tuition. International and tuition exchange students are not eligible for LVC scholarships or tuition benefits for these programs. Domestic students may apply LVC financial aid for one semester program.

Fall or spring semester

  • Application timetable: Applications should be received by March 15 for Fall; October 15 for Spring.
  • $25 deposit is due w/ application.*
  • Accepted students owe $475 program deposit.*
  • Packet-of-forms is due April 15 for Fall; November 15 for Spring.
  • Fall semester in Philadelphia (approx. 16 credits): Late August to mid-December.
  • Spring semester in Philadelphia (approx. 16 credits): mid-January to mid-May.

*The $500 program deposit will be credited to the student's account in the Business Office for the start of the off-campus semester. The $500 deposit will be forfeited on student withdrawal from the program.

Eligibility Requirements
Students from any major who are in good standing (2.5 GPA) may apply. Junior or senior status recommended.

Not only do students have the city of Philadelphia at their fingertips, they are also within easy traveling distance of New York City, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. Many students take advantage of this and spend a day or weekend visiting museums and other places of interest.